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Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-5 Photos courtesy of Ronatd Quinn North Mason junior quarterback Matt Becker heads toward the end zone Friday night during the Bulldogs' home loss to North Kitsap at Phil Pugh Stadium. North Mason prepared for battle in 5equim tomorrow By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty, com North Mason football coaches changed the team's game plan in the hopes of de- feating North Kitsap last Friday. It didn't work. "I think we came out trying some dif- ferent stuff, which caused us to play slow," head coach Jeff Severs said. "I think we had a good game plan, but we as coaches added too much." The Vikings defeated the Bulldogs 50-8 at Phil Pugh Stadium. "I am not so sure (North Kitsap) pre- sented us a bunch of challenges; we have enough of our own with the number of in- juries we have," Severs said. North Mason had no answer for the Vi- kings, which built a 37-0 lead by halftime. The Bulldogs' lone score came in the third quarter, when junior quarterback Matt Becker crossed the goal line. Senior Tyler Grewell scored the resulting two- point conversion. Severs said the Bulldogs tried to speed up the game in the second half to make it to the fourth quarter with a chance to win. "We found a little rhythm once we went back to (our) basic offense and defense," Severs said. Becker was 4-for-8 passing for 29 yards. He threw one interception. North Mason's Matt Becker, No. 12, Austin Womack, and Terry Reiners, No. 14, take down North Kitsap running back Kyle North. Senior running back D'Andre Dixon led the team with 27 yards on five carries. Becker had 24 yards on 11 carries and Grewell added 11 yards on five carries. Grewell was the leading receiver with four receptions for 29 yards. "We have chalked it up to just one of those games you would like to have a do- over," Severs said. The Bulldogs (3-2) are set to play at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Sequim (3-2). "I'm expecting a battle." They always play us tough and it is a tough place to play," Bevers said. "Their quarterback is a really good athlete and they have some speedy receivers. Their return game is re- ally good." To stop Sequim, Severs said the Bull- dogs need to keep the Wolves in front of them and make tackles. He said the North Mason seniors will be key to the team's success. s Foss, Is to By EMILY HANSON emi!y@masoncounty com The Shelton volley- ball team is still find- ing its groove halfway through its season. At 3-4, the Lady Highclimbers are still making adjustments. "We are improving, so this second time around ought to be fun," head coach Steve Beck said. At the start of the week, the Lady High- climbers defeated Foss in three games, 25-15, 25-5, 25-21 on Sept. 30. The team served at 96 percent with 21 aces. Junior Kiara Budge led, serving 19-of-19 with five aces, while senior Lauren Dagle went 13-of-14 with five aces and senior Heath- er Johnson was 10-of- 11 serving with four aces. Budge also had 20 as- sists and 11 digs. Beck said the young team looks good one mo- ment and struggles the next. "We are still adjust- ing our starting lineup (and) trying to find what works best," Beck said. "Game three became close as we struggled mentally with lineup changes." Capital beat Shelton 25-20, 25-16, 25-17 Oct. 2 in Shelton. Johnson led the team in several aspects. She was ll-of- 11 serving with two aces, four kills and two blocks. "It was fun watching Heather back playing like she did at the end of the season last year," Beck said. "It was also Kennedy (O'Connor's) best defensive match of the season. She has been working hard to improve this aspect of her game. It was great to see." Johnson also had 11 digs, with senior Georgette Lugalia add- ing eight and Budge having five. The team plays at 7 p.m. today at North Thurston. By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty com The health of the athletes on the'North Mason cross-country team may have played a part m the team's performances last week. The Bulldogs first competed Oct. 1 at Olympic in a tri-school meet with Port Angeles and Olympic. Neither the boys' or girls' teams had the five rmmers re- quired to earn a team score. "Our guys' team has been suddenly really sick," head coach Bill McCarty said. 'qcVe were unable to field a sconng team and the runners who com- peted were all pretty tired and still recovering. They pushed hard, but just didn't have much to give and as a result, we had some slower than usual times." Junior Jeremiah Lambert led the Bulldogs, taking seventh place in 16 minutes, 55 seconds. The girls team has been one runner short of earning a team score at meets all season. This meet was no different. Senior Caitlyn Mead led the girls, taking fifth place with a time of 20:36. "The girls' health has been better and we had a pretty darn good race," McCarty said. "Un- fortunately, we were one runner short to have a team score, but we competed well and the girls times were good for the 2.85- mile course." Lambert and Mead led the boys and girls Saturday at the eighth annual Twilight Cross- Country Invitational at Cedar- crest Golf Course in Marysville. "This is an awesome event with approximately 40 schools separated by classifications," McCarty said. The North Mason boys fin- ished 10th among 14 teams. The girls team, which was com- plete with five runners, also took 10th place, but among 15 teams. are slowly getting healthier and the times are starting to improve," McCarty said. "I hope by next week to have everyone back healthy." Lambert took 35th for the Bulldogs with a time of 18:00, while Mead led the girls with a time of 21:59, fast enough for 29th place. A_C~r the competitive races, McCarty said all runners were invited to participate in a fun run under the glow of portable generator lights. "It is a lot of fun," he added. "Our team got together and made glow-in-the-dark shirts and ran the course, having a blast. The racing part of cross- country is great, but the memo- ries and fun we have is what the athletes will remember most." The team is scheduled to compete next against Sequim and Bremerton on Oct. 15 at Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton.